Do you have a cracked or chipped windshield and wonder if you can fix it yourself? The blanket answer to that is, likely. However, it depends on a couple of different factors. We understand having a cracked or chipped windshield is a pain in the neck, especially if that problem happens in the middle of a busy week. Most drivers know that a cracked windshield needs to be addressed immediately to prevent further damage. In this article, we’re going to discuss how to repair a cracked or chipped windshield on your own. Also, we will share when it’s time to take your broken auto glass to a professional.
Repairing a Chip or Crack in Your Auto Glass Yourself
There are ways to repair your chipped or cracked windshield on your own. But, there are a few things that you should know about this before you attempt it.
- If you’re dealing with a chip, you’ll want to look at how deep it is to determine if there is the potential of it cracking in a spider-like pattern.
- If you’re dealing with a crack, you want to measure the length of that crack and investigate the probability of how it may grow in size. You can do this by watching several video tutorials online.
- If you’re dealing with a crack that is large in length or scale, these are never a good candidate for a DIY project.
- You will need to consult with a professional auto glass shop.
Once you determine if your chip or crack is repairable, here are a few options or processes to fix the problem yourself or use an installer. Do note, that some repair kits use inferior materials, which will only be a temporary solution.
However, it is always best to use a temporary solution, so moisture and debris don’t get into the chip or crack because that will inevitably make it worse.
- When you first notice the chip or crack, the first thing that you want to do is get it sealed, so weather or grime don’t agitate the crack and cause it to spread. You can seal this with a temporary fix like clear nail polish until you can get to a place and address the problem.
- Next, you’ll want to look for the right auto glass repair kit. You can typically find these at any auto parts store or online retailers like Amazon. Try to get this kit as soon as possible so you can get your repair done quickly.
- Next, you will want to follow the instructions on your repair kit to the letter. Every kit comes with what you need in order to get your repair done, but be sure to read the instructions before leaving the store to make sure you have all the tools necessary to complete the task. There is nothing more infuriating than getting home and realizing you don’t have what you need.
- Tip: Make sure your windshield is completely dry before attempting any type of repair. Moisture is the sworn enemy of windshield repairs.
If you are not much one for do-it-yourself projects, or you’re not willing to take the risk that you will get it right, your next option would be to take your vehicle to an auto glass professional. Here is a little more about how that process works.
- Find a reputable shop by asking for recommendations or researching online reviews for local auto glass repair shops. The reviews will be a guide but always do your due diligence by calling the shop and asking your own questions.
- Once you find the right shop to help you with your auto glass repair, give them all the details of what is wrong with your broken window and ask them what they believe is the best solution. Not all chips or cracks will result in a full replacement.
- If the auto shop works with auto insurers, they will want to get your auto insurance information from you. This is because many drivers are covered for more auto glass repairs than they believe they are. If your insurance will cover the full replacement of your windshield, let your auto glass professional handle it, so you are not out of pocket any cash that you otherwise didn’t need to spend.
- Schedule your auto glass repair with your shop either in person, or utilize their mobile services if they offer them. Some shops, like ours, can come to your location so you can still tend to your daily responsibilities such as family and work.
- At your service appointment, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get feedback on aftercare instructions for your repair or replacement.
This gives you a little more information on tackling an auto glass repair yourself or the process of having it done with professionals. If you don’t want to mess around with this repair on your own, we highly recommend contacting a professional from www.mesawindshields.com.